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January 4, 2021 - New Year, New You!!! Panola College/Shelby College Center’s next Zumba and Yoga classes are approaching soon. Reserve your spot today.

  • January 11February 22, 2021 - Zumba Gold – Mondays and Wednesdays – 4:15 – 5:15 pm
  • January 11February 22, 2021 - Beginning Yoga – Mondays and Wednesdays – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The cost of each class is $60, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

November 20, 2020 - Panola College students and faculty members visited the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, TX and R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA on November 4. The field trip was funded by a grant from the Panola College Foundation.

“This was not my first time at an art gallery, but it was my first time after taking an art appreciation course,” said one student. “I was able to walk in with knowledge that I did not have before, and it made me appreciate the art and experience even more.”

Among the many exhibits displayed, students were able to view the 153rd International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society, Phenology and Form: Works by Phillip Shore, American Journey & Founding Fathers, along with many antiquities from their permanent collections.

“My favorite thing about the field trip was seeing all the different art, especially the pieces created with watercolor,” said a second student. “It’s incredible seeing all the different techniques that were used so long ago.”

Participating students included Phillip Hassell, Karen Dean, Cheyenne Howard, Erielle Kawaja, Chloe Powell, Ashton Powell, April Servin, Dashawn Myers, Itzel Arellano, Rebecca Jones, Katie Harper, Riley Morgan, Esther Oluade, Ashana Hinds, Jennifer Cortes, Carlesia Brown, Shakaela Pellum, Ja’mia Boykin, Jordan Stephens, Madison Robinson, Jaycee Coleman, Kelsea Vanderslice, Dulse Gonsalez, and Rebecca Parrott.

Panola College students photographed outside the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA on November 4. 

Veronica Wilkerson, a grant recipient, photographed with a check from the Panola College Foundation for the 2020-21 grants.

November 20,  2020 - The Panola College Foundation awarded 21 grants that totaled more than $47,000 to faculty and staff at Panola College that will go toward supporting various programs and initiatives. The recipients were announced in late October.

“We are thankful to the generous support of the Panola College Foundation by our Sustainers Group and the community which makes the awarding of these grants possible each year,” said Vicky Hudson, Chair of the Panola College Foundation. “We also appreciate the faculty and staff at Panola College that continue to develop high-quality innovative ideas and improvements to support student success each year.”

The 2020-21 grants include funding for the following:

  • Laura Wood and Kevin Rutherford, 2 A&P (Anatomy and Physiology) Models and 5 Pieces of Equipment
  • Veronica Wilkerson, OER Certification from the Open Education Network
  • Whitney McBee, Dental Supplies and Tools for the Dental Assisting Program
  • Aaron Smith, 35 Pairs of Basketball Shoes
  • Grant Freels, Rapsodo Pitching Machine
  • Jacky Andreatta, GameReady System
  • Whitney McBee, Drumfit Fitness and Bungee Fitness
  • Dwaine Hubbard, Roland AE 10-G Digital Wind Instrument
  • Haylie Handly, Fall and Spring Museum Field Trips
  • Karen King, Costume Design Equipment
  • Kimberly Bishop, AHIMA Certification Maintenance Package and AOE Conference Registration
  • Kristy Parker, PersonAbility Program
  • Terrie King, TherapyEd Student Workshop
  • Jody Harris, Mascot Costume
  • Katy Chance, Residence Life Egg Hunt
  • Katy Chance, Feed the Need Endowment
  • Bobbie Smith, 10 Eye-Vac PRO Professional Auto Stationary Vacuums
  • Dwayne Ferguson, 20 Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications
  • Michael Pace, HVAC TruTech Tools
  • Michael Pace, Commercial Wiring Collection of Tools
  • Michael Pace, Intelligent Fire Training System

Information about the Panola College Foundation is available online at, or by calling 903-693-2029.

November 18, 2020 - Panola College honored 19 faculty, staff, and board members with service awards that totaled 290 years. The awards were presented on November 17, 2020 in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center during a luncheon meeting.

Dr. Greg Powell, President, and Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, presented the awards.

The recipients include:

  • Ten years: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith
  • Fifteen years: Rebekah Burkhalter, Don Cocklin, Johnny Middlebrook
  • Twenty years: Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood
  • Twenty-five years: Darrell Hudson

Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Ashley Brewster, Paige Bussey, Paula Fults, Stacy Gee, Lynn Hanson, Alan Moon, Jessica Pace, Kevin Smith, Rebekah Burkhalter

Pictured from left to right, top to bottom: Don Cocklin, Mary Chance, Jeremy Dorman, Bill Kruger, Bobby Phillips, Dr. Gregory Powell, Allen West, Laura Wood, and Darrell Hudson

November 16, 2020 - The Panola College Men's Rodeo Team won the Sam Houston State University Rodeo this weekend in Conroe, TX. The Panola Team was followed in rank by Hill College, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Commerce, Southwest Texas JC, Wharton, Texas A&M, McNeese State, Trinity Valley CC, and Northeast Texas CC. The win also stretched their lead as they remained on top of the Southern Region and ended the college circuit for the fall semester. 

Macon Murphy

Michael Womack

The team was led by Macon Murphy, a sophomore from Keatchie, LA, as he placed second in the tiedown calf roping and Michael Womack, a sophomore from Bastrop, LA, who placed second in the saddle bronc. Gauge McBride, a freshman from Kearney, NE, won points for the team in two events, including a third place finish in the bull riding and a 5th place finish in the bareback riding. Other teammates contributing to the Men's Championship include: Kolt Dement - 4th place in bareback; Seth Rustin - 4th place in bulls; Hazen Martin - 5th place in steer wrestling; Thomas Wallace - 7th in steer wrestling; Isaac Ingram - 8th in bareback; and Brady Blanchard - 8th in tiedown calf roping. 

On the girls team, Abbie Muckleroy, a sophomore from Center, TX, was the only Panola gal to score any points as she finished 6th in the barrels. 

November 16, 2020 - Panola College, at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Grant Informational Sessions, Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm for Certified Nurse Aide classes beginning in the Spring. This class will offer Grant and Self – Pay opportunities. For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

November 4, 2020 - Panola College Drama presents '10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine' by Don Zolidis, produced by special permission from Playscripts, Inc. The production will livestream Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $6.00 and may be purchased at

If you are spending a long time at home, it can be a challenge to keep yourself occupied. Luckily, '10 Ways to Survive Life in a Quarantine' is full of handy solutions, from putting on a musical with your dog, to becoming an announcer for a made-up sport, to falling in love with an inanimate object. Whether or not you are inspired to take up origami and squirrel observation, this flexible new play by Don Zolidis, specifically written for actors to perform online, is sure to bring a laugh to anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly indoors.

The production takes the audience through 10 scenarios hosted by Zachary Zea, Sophomore, Rusk, and Austin Graham, Sophomore, Emory who visit their classmates via Zoom to see how they’re handling quarantine. The show stars in order of appearance Peter – Jadeon Lewis, freshman, Mt. Enterprise; Lou – Nick McCalister, Rusk, sophomore; Ella – Ashton Powell, Decauter, sophomore, Josie – Bethany Crowe, Kennard, sophomore; Cameron – Seth Sanders, Shelbyville, sophomore; Jolene – Faith Gatlin, Mt. Enterprise, sophomore; Pascal – Evan Howell, Lindale, sophomore; D’Angelo – Jonathan Hicks, Waskom, sophomore; Tash – Allison Teasdale, Kennard, freshman; Marvin – David Bordelon, Broaddus, freshman; Alain – Riley Morgan, Kennard, freshman; Bailey – Allison Endlsey, Huntington, freshman; Sahra – Arianna Wells, Emory, freshman; Reagan – Ashley Harkness, Shelbyville, freshman; Alison – JoBeth Eddings, Deleon-Jewitt, sophomore; Torrance – Maverick Johnson, Cushing, freshman; Jules – Alissa Lee, Center, freshman; Neima – Sarolyn Musick, Gary, freshman; Anna – Emily Wheeler, Huntington, freshman; Lucas – Omar Rios, Garrison, freshman; Lyn – Tayla Jones, Mansfield, LA, freshman; Toby – Matt Keepers, Centerville, freshman; Rachel – Leah Simmons, Broaddus, freshman; Anya – Carli Morton, Woden, freshman; Jeff – Peyton Swearingen, Timpson, sophomore; and Ashley – Mercy Cross, Broaduss, freshman.  Technical Crew consisted of Assistant Director/Dramaturge – Caitlyn Jackson, Winnie, sophomore; Stage/Production Manager/Background Designs – Eric Dominguez, DeLeon-Jewitt, sophomore; Technical Director – Zach Zea, Emory, sophomore; Cinematographer – Evan Howell, Lindale, sophomore; Best Boy/Clapper – Nick McCalister, Rusk, sophomore; Props – Lyn Birmingham, Burlington, freshman; Background Designs/Costumes – Laura Eddings, Broaddus, sophomore; Sound – Jermaine Lawrence – Broaddus, freshman. The show is directed by Karen King.

The production may be viewed via a Smart TV with internet capabilities, desktops, laptops, tablets, or phones. Upon receipt of payment, each patron will receive an email with a link to the livestream. Tickets are limited in viewing availability – make your reservation today.

November 3, 2020 - At its monthly meeting on Monday, October 26, the Panola College Board of Trustees officially named the soon-to-be constructed music building the Frances B. Ross Music Building, after long-time benefactor Frances B. Ross.

Mrs. Ross regularly and generously supported Panola College. In fact, those fortunate to hear our band perform are listening to instruments purchased with financial contributions made by Mrs. Ross. She has also established two scholarships that will continue to help students in perpetuity. Her final legacy to the College was a gift that made the construction of the music building possible. The College is forever grateful to Mrs. Ross.

Additionally, the Board named the band hall located inside the music building the Evelyn Sharp Band Hall, after long-time Trustee Evelyn Sharp.

Mrs. Sharp served on the Board of Trustees for twenty-six years. The Sharp family’s affiliation with the College dates back to its beginning. Mrs. Sharp’s father-in-law was among the initial 1948 faculty. The family, and of course Mrs. Sharp, have been strong and generous supporters of Panola College for many decades. The College appreciates Mrs. Sharp and her dedication to its success.

Instruction in the Frances B. Ross Music Building is set to begin in January 2022. 

October 30, 2020 - The University of Texas at Tyler and Panola College announced a partnership in which students can earn a UT Tyler degree in education at Panola College.

Administrators signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, October 29 to make the partnership official. It is designed for Panola College students enrolled in the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree program with the intent of earning a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (education) degree from UT Tyler.

“As partners in education, we are committed to student success. By working together to offer this degree, we enhance the educational benefit to the citizens of East Texas, in particular those in the Panola College district, by providing not only a seamless pathway to our bachelor’s degree, but also the convenience of earning it in Carthage,” said Dr. Amir Mirmiran, UT Tyler provost.

Panola College recently announced the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Teaching Scholarship to support students in the AAT program. The scholarship will be awarded annually with a preference to a student intending to earn a baccalaureate degree.

“We are proud that Panola College and UT Tyler are entering into a seamless transfer agreement for our students,” said Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction at Panola College. “This agreement will expand opportunities by providing access to earn a baccalaureate degree on the Panola College campus ensuring more learning and growth opportunities for our graduates and our community.”

Texas is currently facing a teacher shortage. As teachers retire, administrators face difficulty finding qualified applicants to fill those vacancies. This partnership will help to meet the needs in Panola County.

“This agreement allows Panola College to grow their own teachers to help meet the needs of its district. By working with UT Tyler, Panola College will make qualified graduates available to local school districts, so they don’t have to search for teachers in other areas or across the state,” said Dr. Frank Dykes, UT Tyler School of Education director.

Students can take all UT Tyler early childhood through 6 grade (EC-6) courses on the Panola College campus. They must be enrolled in the Panola College AAT degree program when they apply to UT Tyler and meet the formal criteria to be admitted into the UT Tyler EC-6 teacher preparation program. The EC-6 program prepares students to teach English, mathematics, science, social studies, music, art, health and physical education at the elementary level.

For more information, Panola College students should contact the Panola College Office of Admissions, 903.693.2038.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered to nearly 10,000 students. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research institution and by U.S. News and World Report as a National University and Top Public School, UT Tyler has campuses in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

October 26, 2020 - The Panola College Rodeo Men’s Team still sit on top of the leaderboard after traveling to Mount Pleasant, Texas on October 16th and 17th to compete at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo. With the second place finish behind Hill College, Panola continues to lead the race for the College National Finals with a 192 point spread between Panola and Hill for the top spot. 

Seth Rustin, a sophomore from Nacogdoches, won the bullriding at NTCC with a 77 point ride and moved him into second place in the regional standings. 

Kincaide Henry won the Men’s All-Around for the NTCC Rodeo. He took third in the calf roping, and he and his teammate Brady Blanchard, of Beaumont, TX, took 4th in the team roping. Henry, a freshman from Mt. Pleasant, is dominating the calf roping and extending his lead in the region as the number one man by 139 points. Brady and Kincaide moved up to 8th place in the region in the team roping. 

Kolt Dement, remained on top of the bareback competition with a second place finish at NTCC. Dement, a freshman from Rusk, TX, won the first two rodeos in the Southern Region at Panola and Southwest Texas. Teammate Gauge McBride is right behind Kolt in second place in the standings by only 97 points.

In the calf roping at NTCC, freshman Thomas Wallace, of Cushing, TX, was 2nd moving him to 5th in the season standings. Macon Murphy, the 2019 CNFR Tie-Down Calf Roping Freshman of the Year and a member of the Panola College 2019 National Championship Team, took 5th at NTCC and moved up to the 10th spot for the season. 

On the Women’s Team, Josey Murphy continues to lead the way for the Fillies as she placed 6th in the goat tying at NTCC. Currently for the season Josey, a freshman from Keatchie, LA, is sitting third in the breakaway and 7th in the goat tying. The Panola Fillies are sitting in 7th place in the Region Standings after 3 rodeos.

The Panola Rodeo Team will finish out the fall Southern Region circuit at the Sam Houston State University Rodeo in Conroe on November 13-14. 

Standings as of October 19, 2020

Men's Team (Place, College/Contestant, Total Points)

1. Panola College, 1,450.50
2. Hill College, 1,258.50
3. McNeese State University, 858.32
4. Trinity Valley Community College, 740.00
5. Wharton County Junior College, 728.66
6. Sam Houston State University, 647.00
7. Texas A&M University, 553.66
8. Southwest Texas Junior College, 547.50
9. Texas A&M University - Commerce, 468.50
10. Northeast Texas Community College, 138.00

Women's Team (Place, College/Contestant, Total Points)

1. McNeese State University, 737.50
2. Southwest Texas Junior College, 510.50
3. Wharton County Junior College, 506.16
4. Hill College, 448.50
5. Sam Houston State University, 410.66
6. Texas A&M University, 382.00
7. Panola College, 332.16
8. Texas A&M University - Commerce, 287.50
9. Trinity Valley Community College, 60.00
10. Northeast Texas Community College, 10.00